Kategna is the type of restaurant where you can expect delicious food from the moment you walk in the door.
The aroma of roasting coffee beans hits you like a wave of perfume, and then you get that all familiar scent of berbere, the Ethiopian spice blend mixture that pours out of every Ethiopian kitchen in the world – it’s beautiful!
There are a number of locations, but the Meskel Flower branch, just off Gabon street (the other location is off Bole Road near the airport – and I went there too later – same quality of delicious food).
The menu at Kategna restaurant is extremely extensive – you can really eat just about anything you’d like to eat when it comes to Ethiopian food.
There’s tibs, kitfo, firfir, dirkosh, and countless other things to choose from.
One reason Kategna is such a great restaurant is because they have the full range of Ethiopian cuisine readily available.
On first visit decided to order the vegetarian beyaynetu, a huge combination platter of injera topped with a variety of vegan stews and curries.
Along with the vegetarian combo plate, also ordered a side of doro wat (chicken stew) and a bowl of Ethiopian salad.
The giant platter of a feast was delivered quite quickly to my table, first came the beyaynetu followed by the pot of doro wat.
There are few things in the culinary world more pretty than a gigantic and fresh colorful platter of Ethiopian food set in front of you.
It’s one of the world’s great mouthwatering experiences, deciding how you’re going to navigate the abstract painting before you.
The misir wat, or red lentil stew, took center stage on this beyaynetu at Kategna.